Latest Advanced Synthesis Option Studios (ASOS) Catalog Now Available

Announcing the release of the 2019-2021 Advanced Synthesis Option Studios (ASOS) catalog. Released each year, the ASOS catalog contains descriptions of all the studios for Fall 2019, as well as information for the options in subsequent semesters. We are excited for the wide range of intriguing studios coming up this fall.

Gautam Thakkar (M.Arch ’19) Wins First Place, Sai Prateek Narayan (MUD ’19) Honorable Mention in The Future of My City Graduate Student Competition

The School of Architecture congratulates recent graduates Gautam Jagdish Thakkar (M.Arch ’19) for winning one of two first place prizes, and Sai Prateek Narayan Ramachandran (MUD ‘19) for receiving honorable mention, in The Future of My City German/US graduate student competition.

In Memory of Architect Philip Freelon

The School of Architecture mourns the recent passing of architect Philip Freelon, former lecture series guest and friend of the school. Freelon was one of the most influential black architects of his generation and part of the team that designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin Publishes Paper in Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin recently published a paper titled "Creativity in Puzzles, Inventions, and Designs: The Sudden Mental Insight Phenomenon" in the Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Springer's publication platform SpringerLink.

An Atlas of Commoning Salon Series: Neither Public, Nor Private Thu 18 July 6-8pm at Miller ICA

In concert with the Miller ICA's current exhibition, An Atlas of Commoning, Neither Public, Nor Private will be a conversation that gives space to define both implicit and explicit rules around what makes public, and what makes private - while interrupting a binary of public and private to learn about how we practice, survive and locate our selves/community in all of the spaces in between.

Alumnus Jacob Russo’s Startup NexLoop Develops Urban Water Capture System Inspired by Spiderwebs

Jacob Russo (B.Arch ’14), and his startup NexLoop, has been invited to join a collaborative Circular Economy demonstration project on Governors Island, NYC. NexLoop will clad the exterior of a shipping container with its AquaWeb system, enabling the farm’s irrigation to be supplemented with atmospheric water.

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup Presents Paper at ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup recently traveled to the 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference in Antwerp, Belgium to present the paper “Precedent-Based Learning: An Approach for Studio Pedagogy in the Early Years” written by School of Architecture Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin.

Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García Receive 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture

The SoA is pleased to announce that Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García have been selected for the 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. The duo will deliver a lecture during the Fall 2019 Lecture Series and teach an ASO studio and spring seminar in spring 2020.

An Atlas of Commoning Exhibition Opens Sat 29 June at Miller ICA

The international premiere of An Atlas of Commoning opens Saturday 29 June at the Miller ICA at CMU. Curated by Associate Professor Stefan Gruber and fueled by the collaborative research and thesis projects of Master of Urban Design students, the exhibition explores how citizen-led initiatives can transform cities into more just and resilient places.

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil Taking New Job Opportunity as Director of Remaking Cities Institute

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil has been appointed David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement in the School of Architecture. In this role he will direct the Remaking Cities Institute and teach architecture and urban design. Gastil’s new position begins September 1, 2019.

Don Carter to step down as Director of Remaking Cities Institute, transitions to Adjunct Faculty role

Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP will step down as David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI). Beginning on July 1, Carter will transition to a new part-time role as an SoA Adjunct Professor in the Master of Urban Design Program, as an RCI Senior Research Fellow, and as an advisor to Campus Design and Facility Development.

SoA Now Accepting Applications for Office Assistant Position

The SoA is currently accepting applications for the Office Assistant position. The SoA is looking for a thorough, detail-oriented individual to assist with the SoA’s marketing/communications efforts and day-to-day operation of the administrative office on a regular part-time basis (weekly schedule of approximately 25 hours per week).

Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer appointed Assistant Professor in Building Technology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer, LEED AP to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Building Technology. Sawyer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate building envelope design and performance though immersive visualizations such as virtual reality.

Kelly Li (B.Arch ’19) Competes in Princeton’s Environmental Ideathon

Recent alumna Kelly Li (B.Arch ’19) traveled to Princeton University this past April to participate in their Environmental Institute’s second annual Environmental Ideathon, a 36-hour workshop to brainstorm environmental strategies for cities around the world.

Nida Rehman appointed Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Nida Rehman to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology. Rehman is an architect, urban designer, and cultural geographer examining how processes of urbanization, the politics of planning and design, and the physical structure of cities produce ecological and infrastructural change, and impact human health.